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My new favorite kitchen appliance!

  • Posted on December 4, 2016 at 6:31 am

The 3-in-1 Hot-Beverage Center uses one cup, no wastefulness. You can make a mug with 8 to 14 oz. of water measured in the graduated water reservoir. You put water in until you see the water touch the inverted steps for each size mug. This is very helpful in filling either a traditional coffee mug or a larger travel mug. You also use much less coffee (a tablespoon or two) per day, so your coffee will last longer. Speaking of travel mugs… the slide-out pedestal for a mug can be removed or pushed in to allow more clearance for a travel mug. Otherwise the pedestal helps keep a cup close to eliminate any splashing. Everything is washable. Simply dump out my grinds and rinse the basket and pour spout in the sink. It is plastic, but it’s no slump. I use mine daily and haven’t once felt like I was going to break. I keep mine next to the stove so it catches some spatter, however, it wipes clean very easily.

There is no timer in Hamilton Beach. Not that I really need one, since it makes a cup in 2-3 minutes, but I guess some people do not want to wait when they get up. All you do is push the button down, let it work, and then it automatically shuts off. If you need to shut it off in the during the cycle, though… be ready to unplug it. That’s your only option (even the manual says so).

The permanent metal filter is questionable. The first couple weeks I felt like there was too much sediment in my coffee. I was pretty turned off by it, leaving the last few sips. Since they don’t make paper filters that little, I just bought a pack of the traditional basket filters and cut out circles to fit. A pair of kitchen shears can do at least 20 at a time. Now I make my coffee with a paper filter inside the metal basket and voila–no more sediment!

Now, this is not going to brew as fast as one of those K-cup systems that brew in 15 seconds, but I have patience. It will brew you a pleasant hot mug of coffee in 2 to 3 minutes. The receptacle that the cup sits on is reversible to that you can place a travel cup under it. Using pods in this brewer is a easy. For best brewing, you will want to leave the filter in, and place the pod in the filter, flat side up. One pod is just fine for a daily cup of coffee, and two for a travel cup. I use the Senseo pods, since I feel they roast some really good coffee beans. I get the same quality mug of coffee every time. When I am making some tea, it brews it nice and strong, just the way I like it.

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Whipper Snipper Advice For Those Who Don’t Like Gardening Jobs!

  • Posted on December 3, 2016 at 10:09 pm

There’s a whipper snipper lying neatly against the wall in my garden shed. It’s just waiting, very patiently for the day that the grass grows so high that there will be no excuses left for me to make. This will be the day that the once neat garden beds will be framed by a long border of six inch tall grass swaying joyfully in the breeze. The day is coming ever nearer for this newly inherited task, unseasonable warm sunshine and rain is making sure of that.

The thought of using a whipper snipper never gives me joy. Maybe it’s the noise, even greater than that of a lawn mover, they make, that high pitched scream that could be coming from me if that furiously rotating wire misses its target and connects with my leg. The way they slice through the grass and everything else that gets in their way should be enough to bring about a pause for thought. Although at least my whipper snipper only has a wire, so surely that must be better than those that have metal teeth.

My sister-in-law just loves her whipper snipper. It’s her favorite gardening tool. In fact she looks so very comfortable using it, masterful in fact. You can tell a person who relishes in this task by the way they hold it and their confident stride as they cut their garden to perfection.

I have used one once, but it would have been obvious to anyone that the whipper snipper and I were not getting along at all well. For a start I was unable to cut a straight line, and I’m sure the grooves that were being carved through to the bare earth were not an attractive look. Of course it can be put down to a lack of experience, but there is definitely a skill involved in creating those beautifully manicured edges.

But what is the alternative? It really is a case of mastering the whipper snipper or going back to the dark ages of either hand clipping, or the manual edger. Somehow neither of these options arouses in me even the slightest amount of enthusiasm. That probably has something to do with the enormous amount of edging that will eventually have to be done. It takes an expert whipper snipper operator several hours to accomplish, so the job could well be an all day affair for me.

There is a way around it all of course, as there is to just about all of life’s little trials and tribulations. Hire a gardener. These are definitely the professionals when it comes to using a whipper snipper. I’ve even seen them controlling and guiding their whipper snipper effortlessly as they walk backwards creating the perfect line. It’s all in a day’s work for them, whether it is a favorite part of their day, who knows, but it is definitely something that they become very proficient at very quickly.

The idea of hiring someone to attend to the whipper snipper chores is certainly very attractive, but the fact is I will never be able to think of myself as a gardener until this part of my education is complete. Providing the muscles are willing, a day spent with this noisy monster should either show

Struggles and New Approaches to Information Architecture

  • Posted on December 2, 2016 at 6:37 am

Information architecture is defined as the outline or blueprint that describes how data and information is systematized, ordered, and controlled. Another definition of information architecture says that it is a system of spotting, managing, and controlling patterns in data. This data-handling technology aims to be able to make complex, ambiguous, and fuzzy sets of information, data, and other resources as simple and as understandable as they can be.

According to a business-related site, it has been unfortunate in these modern times that most business companies struggle in terms of the use of the technology of information architecture. Actually, some businesses are having difficulties even with the most basic applications of information. A significant quantity of companies still experiences difficulties in getting up-to-date, comprehensive, precise, and accurate views of the results of the projects and actions they have done previously. Companies now just create proposals for new, innovative, predictive, and analytical transformation and differentiation in terms of information handling and architecture in a diminishing effort. The result of this failure of the companies to value the technology being delivered by information architecture leads to the struggles they experience that are stated in this article. e.

Companies that are struggling in executing information architecture processes need to adapt a new one that suits their needs the best. In choosing a new style of information architecture, they must bear in mind that in the world of technology, the amount of information and data inputted into the Web is growing in a much rapid way. Also, the speed at which information is received has gone significantly faster than before. Data comes in various types, so an information architecture system must be flexible to such variety of files.

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Outdoor Fire Pits History Controlled Burning

  • Posted on November 30, 2016 at 4:26 pm

Controlling fire is the main reason that humans have covered the earth. We began our journey living outdoors, and a fire pit was the main method for controlling that fire. Humanity has been tied to fire since the dawn of history. It has been essential for our survival. We have used it to cook, to keep us warm and to keep us safe. Until we learned to control it, we were at its mercy.

It is the “control” that enabled the march to civilization. Fires start naturally, from lightning strikes, lava flows, and other natural causes. Presumably, we carried the coals left from burning wood from place to place until we learned how to create it when we needed it. A fire pit kept it where we wanted it. And we learned to make them.

The earliest fire pits were very simple. An area was cleared of vegetation and other burnable material; some cultures had whole rituals involving the clearing and consecration of the fire pit. It was ringed with rocks, and the fire was lit. Whole clans gathered around the communal fire. When it was time to move on, the fire was put out, and often the cleared vegetation was returned to the place, to hide the fact that people were there.

As civilization advanced, so did the fire pit. The main characteristic of it was that it held the fire and the wood that burned. As humanity became settled, they became more elaborate, and more permanent. With increasing urbanization, the need for a fire pit became necessary. People living in close confines meant that houses made of wood were more vulnerable to fire. No longer could we just light a fire on any cleared space. Fires had to be controlled even more carefully.

The first fire pits were simple clay bowls. As metalworking became more common, metal-bowls became possible for use. Copper was the first metal worked, but soon iron became the norm. Fire pits of metal with elaborate designs began to appear. Screens could be added to help keep sparks and other material from being thrown into the air. Copper is still being used by many traditional metal-smiths

Now outdoor fire pits are available in many designs, and many styles, from traditional, to tribal to modern, laser cut custom-made options. The wood-burning pit is a staple of many urban patios, a way to have a cheerful fire and gather as we once did, enjoying company and warmth. They have come full circle.

Humans have been walking the earth for centuries. Our need for controlled fire is the reason that outdoor fire pits have been with us almost as long. Return to humanitys roots and in safety and comfort with a beautiful fire pit.

Real Wood Flooring Not As Expensive As You Think

  • Posted on November 28, 2016 at 4:59 am

Real Wood Flooring-Expensive Or Not?

The beauty and warmth that real wood flooring offers is simply unbeatable. However, if cost is making you think twice about investing in this flooring option, then there are a few things you should know. Real wood floors are often considered to be the best flooring options as they have been known to withstand the ravages of everyday life whilst still adding a touch of elegance and style to your home. This type of flooring fits in easily with any home decor and style be it period style, modern, classic or traditional. Real wood flooring stands the test of time and manages to sustain its fantastic look for years after being set up. They are not only durable, but also easy to clean and maintain. Their hypo-allergenic quality means that they are extremely health friendly and since wooden flooring is completely natural, they are environmentally friendly as well. Real wood floors have proven to increase property value and houses with wooden flooring have been found to not only sell for a higher amount, but

also sell at a faster rate. doesnt require replacement and retains its value, which means they offer better value for money. So as you can see, installing these floors should be considered as a smart investment rather than an expense.

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